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Implementing Systems Management of IBM PureFlex System

Book Description

To meet today's complex and ever-changing business demands, you need a solid foundation of compute, storage, networking, and software resources. This system must be simple to deploy, and be able to quickly and automatically adapt to changing conditions. You also need to be able to take advantage of broad expertise and proven guidelines in systems management, applications, industry solutions, and more.

IBM® PureFlex™ System combines no-compromise system designs along with built-in expertise, and integrates them into complete, optimized scalable solutions. With IBM Flex System™ Manager, multiple solution components that include compute nodes, network and storage infrastructures, storage systems, and heterogeneous virtualization environments can be managed from a single panel.

This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces IBM PureFlex System and its management devices and appliances. It provides implementation guidelines for managing Linux KVM, IBM PowerVM®, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization environments.

This book is intended for the IT community of clients, Business Partners, and IBM employees who are interested in planning and implementing systems management of the IBM PureFlex System.

Table of Contents

  1. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  2. Preface
    1. The team who wrote this book
    2. Now you can become a published author, too!
    3. Comments welcome
    4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
  3. Part 1: Introduction
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction to IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System
      1. IBM PureFlex System
      2. IBM PureFlex System capabilities
      3. IBM Flex System: The building blocks
        1. Management
        2. Compute nodes
        3. Storage
        4. Networking
        5. Enterprise Chassis
    2. Chapter 2: IBM PureFlex System management devices and appliances
      1. Management network
      2. Chassis Management Module
      3. Compute node management
        1. Integrated Management Module II
        2. Flexible service processor
      4. I/O modules
      5. IBM Flex System Manager
        1. Hardware overview
        2. Software features
  4. Part 2: Chassis Management Module
    1. Chapter 3: Planning for Chassis Management Module-based management
      1. Chassis Management Module management network
      2. Chassis Management Module interfaces
      3. Chassis Management Module security
        1. Security policies
        2. User account policies
        3. External authentication of certificates
      4. Features on Demand planning
    2. Chapter 4: Chassis Management Module operations
      1. Initial configuration of Chassis Management Module
        1. Connecting to Chassis Management Module
        2. Configuring Chassis Management Module by using Initial Setup Wizard
        3. Updating the Chassis Management Module firmware
        4. Preparing for Chassis Management Module redundancy
        5. Configuring Chassis Management Module user authority
        6. Restoring a Chassis Management Module
      2. Chassis Management Module management tasks
        1. Monitoring the chassis
        2. Monitoring multiple chassis
        3. Event notifications
        4. Chassis Management Module Features on Demand
        5. Chassis management
        6. Using the Chassis Management Module CLI
  5. Part 3: IBM Flex System Manager
    1. Chapter 5: Planning for IBM Flex System Manager-based management
      1. Planning for IBM Flex System Manager
        1. Flex System Manager network integration architecture
        2. Planning for security
        3. Planning for Features on Demand
        4. Agents and tasks supported
        5. Planning for the management of networking infrastructure
        6. Planning for the management of storage infrastructure
        7. Planning for IBM Fabric Manager
      2. Planning for the management of virtualized environments
        1. Virtualization and task supported
        2. Planning for Linux KVM virtualization
        3. Planning for PowerVM virtualization
        4. Planning for VMware virtualization
        5. Planning for Hyper-V virtualization
    2. Chapter 6: IBM Flex System Manager initial configuration
      1. IBM Flex System Manager Setup Wizard
      2. Updating Flex System Manager
      3. Selecting chassis to manage
      4. Acquiring updates for chassis components
        1. Direct Internet connection
        2. Importing update files
      5. FSM Eth1 network configuration
      6. Updating the CMM firmware
      7. Discovery and inventory collection
        1. Discovery
        2. Manual inventory collection of the chassis
        3. Discovery of compute nodes
        4. I/O Modules
      8. Operating system discovery, access, and inventory
      9. Updating compute node firmware
      10. Updating I/O module firmware
      11. Initial configuration of compute nodes and I/O modules
      12. Manage Feature-on-Demand keys
      13. Discover and manage V7000 (Storage Control)
        1. Discover an IBM Storwize V7000
        2. Collect inventory on the discovered V7000
        3. Overview of Storwize V7000 systems management
        4. External FC SAN switch discovery
      14. Configuring network parameters (Network Control)
    3. Chapter 7: Managing chassis components with IBM Flex System Manager
      1. Using the Chassis Manager
      2. Using Event Log
      3. Creating an event filter from an event
      4. Define event actions
      5. Automating tasks with event automation plans
      6. Handling problems with Service and Support Manager
      7. Integrating Flex System Manager with an enterprise monitoring system
      8. Monitoring system status and health
      9. Remote management
    4. Chapter 8: Managing KVM environment with IBM Flex System Manager
      1. KVM management architecture
      2. KVM platform agent installation
        1. Preparation
        2. KVM Platform Agent installation
        3. KVM host discovery, granting access and inventory collection
      3. Image repository for KVM
        1. Preparation
        2. Common Agent installation on a KVM host image repository
        3. Subagent installation on a KVM image repository host
        4. Host mappings
        5. Discover and manage V7000 storage system
        6. Discover and manage SAN switches
        7. Discover and configure an image repository server for SAN storage
      4. Create SAN storage system pools
      5. Create KVM server system pools
      6. Add host to an existing server system pool
      7. Overview of network system pools
      8. Operating a KVM virtual infrastructure
        1. Importing virtual appliance
        2. Deploy a virtual appliance to create a virtual server
        3. Capturing a virtual appliance
        4. Relocate virtual servers
    5. Chapter 9: Managing PowerVM environment with IBM Flex System Manager
      1. Initial deployment of virtual machine
        1. Solution architecture
        2. Setting up VIOS and NIM server
      2. Capturing virtual machines
        1. Capturing AIX by using Network Installation Manager (NIM)
        2. Capturing the NIM
        3. Capturing AIX by using storage copy services (SCS)
      3. Deploying virtual machines that are based on previously captured machines
        1. Deploying virtual machines by using LPP_source
        2. Deploying a virtual machine by using mksysb
        3. Deploying a virtual machine by using SCS
      4. Relocating virtual machines
        1. Manual relocation
        2. Automatic relocation
        3. Relocating virtual servers manually
    6. Chapter 10: Managing VMware environment with IBM Flex System Manager
      1. Environment overview
      2. Deploying a VM
      3. Relocating a VM
      4. Relocating all VMs from a host and saving a relocation plan
      5. Modifying Virtual Server resource allocation
      6. Enabling DRS
      7. Putting a host in maintenance mode
      8. Topology view
      9. Automating preventive actions in response to hardware alerts
    7. Chapter 11: Managing Hyper-V environment with IBM Flex System Manager
      1. Operating the FSM in the Hyper-V environment
        1. Installing an agent on a Hyper-V node
      2. Managing Hyper-V with IBM Flex System Manager
        1. Deploying virtual servers
        2. Editing a virtual server
        3. Deleting a virtual server
        4. Viewing the virtual server network topology
    8. Abbreviations and acronyms
    9. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Online resources
      3. Help from IBM
    10. Index
    11. Back cover